There are two clearly defining qualities about Kirk Sachtler, PT, MS, DPT, OCS, CMPT, CSCS. The first is his extensive education – consisting of a masters and doctorate in physical therapy alongside board certifications in manual physical therapy and strength and conditioning specialties. The second is the depth of his experience and knowledge of athletics.
Kirk himself is the quintessential competitive athlete. He’s been a semi-pro tennis player, he is an avid skier, a cyclist, a sailor, and recently has discovered the rush of sailplanes. As a result, Kirk knows first hand the pain and disability that physical therapy patients experience. He is also a certified orthopedic specialist.
Therapeutically, Kirk’s advanced methods combine manual applications with exercise systems and the use of unique healing modalities. One of Kirk’s specialties is microcurrent and cold laser therapy. A microcurrent is an electric stimulation below the level of sensation, which helps the body heal on a cellular level. This procedure is a tissue healing technique, not pain relief. However, pain relief can occur as a result. Microcurrent therapy can be used in treating cartilage, tendons, ligaments, and muscles. And instead of masking pain, it helps to heal the injury at the level of damage. The cold laser therapy stimulates the cells to produce and increase levels of energy, speeding up the healing process and reducing inflammation.
Many of Kirk’s clients have long-standing chronic pain or unresolved injuries. Such conditions necessitate a more thorough examination of the neurological and biomechanical systems to determine what other abnormalities may be playing a role in the problem. In his practice Kirk studies and treats the body as a whole, knowing that the solution does not always lie directly where the source of pain is.
Kirk has recently re-located to a new, large office where he is able to incorporate new services and value added advancements for his clientele. The services include traditional rehabilitation therapies; new wellness based services that will not require a doctor’s request; seminars for coaches and athletes; and health and fitness classes.
The health and fitness classes will cover a wide variety of topics and are unique in their format. Classes will be shorter than an average fitness class and will include extensive education. Kirk’s objective is for his students to gain the ability to continue their exercises and treatments without an instructor. To do this, every patient needs to be highly knowledgeable about their specific situation and the process required for recovery.
As physical therapy has evolved over the years, the education process has become more and more rigorous. The internet has had a profound and beneficial impact on this educational process. Kirk notes that many of his clients now come in to his office with very good information about their conditions because of the extensive information available on the Internet.
As a result, Kirk has evolved as a practitioner as well. He has been a physical therapist for 20 years and still learns something new with every patient. Although injuries repeat themselves, the human body is always much more complicated. Kirk evaluates every patient individually with the intention that each patient will leave his care more knowledgeable than when they came in, whether the problem was resolved or not. The fact that Kirk can focus on the individual allows him to build relationships with his clients, something he truly enjoys about his career.
He first became interested in physical therapy while studying engineering and working part time in a physical rehabilitation hospital. Although Kirk was on a different path, he was immediately enticed by the personal interaction between the physical therapists and their patients, something he knew he would not experience in the engineering profession.
In addition to his passion for physical therapy, Kirk has been a volunteer ski patrol member for the last 20 years at Alpine Meadows Resort. He moved west specifically to come to the Lake Tahoe area and continues to enjoy everything the Tahoe region has to offer.
Through his personal experiences and his love for his job, Kirk improves the lives of his patients on a daily basis. He takes the issue of health very seriously; he believes in nutrition above all things, and has himself evolved alongside the alternative health industry. It is in this arena that he has chosen to focus and expand his knowledge and services, and to build his practice.